Visit two of England’s must-see destinations in one day on this small-group tour to Oxford and the Cotswolds. Take in the pretty countryside scenery of Cotswold villages including Burford, Bibury and Stow-on-the-Wold and stroll among the secluded cloisters, dreaming spires, and historic colleges of Oxford, and admire the Divinity School’s impressive medieval architecture. Travel in a small group with your guide for a more personal experience, and reach parts of the pretty countryside the larger coaches can’t pass.
Wander among the dreaming spires of Oxford with your expert guide
Admission included to the Divinity School, Oxford
Visit the villages of Burford, Bibury and Stow on the Wold
Enjoy a delicious lunch with a drink included
Reach corners of the English countryside the larger coaches can’t pass
Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people
Our day trip from London begins with a visit to Oxford, city of dreaming spires. Here, follow your guide in the footsteps of famous alumni such as author J. R. R. Tolkien, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Wander down narrow back streets to ancient colleges and pretty quadrangles, and soak up the atmosphere in this bustling university city. You’ll also visit Oxford University's oldest classroom — the medieval Divinity School. When your walking tour comes to an end, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure before we head to the stunning Cotswolds.
We depart Oxford and drive to the gentle rolling limestone hills of the Cotswolds, driving down single track narrow country lanes in our minibus, exploring the back roads and little winding valleys. With an expert guide on board, we will learn of the rise and fall of the wool trade in this region and how it left behind a landscape untouched by the modern world, featuring small honey coloured stone villages and hidden green valleys with babbling streams.
Our first stop is delightful Burford with stone houses cascading down to the River Windrush, see Woolsack tombs in the historic churchyard before we stop for a delicious lunch in a traditional Cotswolds country pub. Sit back and relax in an ancient stone hostelry and experience centuries-old tavern life in a world where a gentle, slower pace is the norm. We then visit Bibury with its photogenic collection of houses known as Arlington Row, before driving through stunning centuries old villages with photo stops along the beautiful Coln Valley. Our smaller vehicles are able to travel up the narrow Coln Valley on single track roads, passing fields of sheep, historic churches and sleepy hamlets. Our last stop is bustling Stow on the Wold with its vibrant market square, before driving back to London passing through Chipping Norton and Woodstock.
Please note that The Divinity School may close on short notice, in these circumstances, we will include a visit to an alternative college if available.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street (MAP). Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road.
Outside the Cumberland Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch (formerly the Hard Rock Hotel). (MAP) Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
Outside Gloucester Road Tube station, meet at the station exit. (MAP)
Tour of Cotswolds villages begins with lunch included
Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will get back to London, it is usually between 6-7pm.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.
The Lamb Example Lunch Menu - one course & one soft drink per person
Roast Chicken Breast, Mashed Potato, Savoy Cabbage, Bacon & Thyme Jus OR Chef's vegetarian special of the day; examples below
Caramelised Polenta cake, served with Aubergine Aaviar, Confit Shallots, Rocket & Parmesan (v)
The Lamb Inn offers plant based and vegetarian options. If you have any dietary requirements you must inform us of this before the tour, we can advise on menu items excluding certain allergens. The pub we would normally use is the Lamb Inn, Burford, however this is subject to change.
Helpful Information about the day of your Oxford, Cotswolds & Country Pub Lunch Tour
Are the meeting points easy to find?
YES! All are within short walking distances of tube and bus stops, and very easy access for taxis. We recommend you arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time. Your International Friends day trip has been carefully planned to ensure maximum enjoyment, which sadly means we cannot delay our departure times to wait for latecomers. This would impact the day's itinerary and could mean we miss booked entry times at certain attractions. If you are running late please phone the emergency number and our team will help you. If you miss the departure for your tour, you are welcome to join the tour at the first scheduled stop. Any expenses incurred in doing so will be at your own expense. Refunds cannot be issued for passengers who miss their tours departure through lateness.
How will I identify the International Friends vehicle at the meeting point?
Depending on the number of people travelling on a particular day we use 8 or 16 seater executive vehicles. On arrival at the pick up location the guide/driver will announce themselves, will be holding a sign reading “International Friends” and will be aware of your names ready to welcome you on board.
How much time at each sightseeing stop?
All of our day trips have been carefully planned to ensure maximum enjoyment.
We start our day in Oxford where you will spend approximately 2 hours. Your expert guide will take you on a wonderful walking tour of the university colleges, before you have some free time to explore the city yourself.
We continue our day spending 4-5 hours exploring the stunning Cotswolds with your guide. Photo stops are planned in each village allowing time to explore. This time also includes a 45-60 minute lunch in a country pub.
This day trip is carefully planned to ensure all customers have a fantastic experience whilst visiting these wonderful sites. All customers must stick to the timings provided (these will be confirmed by your guide on the day). If you think you may be late or lost you can phone the emergency number for help, but we cannot amend the day trip for all passengers because of latecomers. Should you miss a departure at one of the sightseeing stops our staff will do their best in assisting you to catch up with the tour or in returning to London. This will be at your own expense.
Are entries into the attractions included in my ticket price?
This tour includes lunch in a Cotswolds Country Pub, plus entry into Divinity School.
How can I find out more information about the attractions we will see on this tour?
This tour includes a delightful Country Pub lunch and a drink.
Can I bring food and drink onboard the vehicle?
There is to be NO Hot Food or Beverages (exception if hot beverage is in a sealed reusable thermal cup) on board the coaches due to the risk of scalds or burns and smells remaining on board the vehicle. Only Cold food & beverages with screw top lids are to be taken on board any vehicle. All litter must be taken from the vehicle and disposed of appropriately.
How much walking is involved in this tour?
There will be a 60-90 minute guided walking tour in Oxford.
In the Cotswolds there will be opportunities for short walks in each village/photo stop. The actual walking distances involved are very small. Our small executive touring vehicles can access places in the villages large coaches cannot access.
What should I wear?
British weather can be variable and so guests are advised to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. It is recommended to bring some warm clothes with you especially in the winter months and layers are good for adapting to the ever-changing weather conditions. It is a good idea to wear appropriate footwear as there is walking involved on our tours. England is known for its rain so it is advisable to bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella with you.
How many people will be joining this tour?
This is one of our Small & Friendly tours. You will benefit from being in a small group of maximum 16 people.
Do we need to tip staff?
Tips are entirely at the customer’s discretion and in no way expected. Should you feel inclined to tip, your driver or guide would be grateful, but you should not feel obliged. A 10% tip is considered customary in the UK.
What time do we arrive back in London?
We aim to arrive back in London at approximately 6:30pm. Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will arrive back in London. On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.